DNREC Regulations

The regulations that govern the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) are published by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations as part of the Delaware Administrative Code.

DNREC follows an internal regulatory development process to ensure that, to the extent possible, everyone who is interested in a proposed action regarding a regulation is properly notified about it, that the department follows a predictable and open process in developing, adopting, amending, and/or repealing such regulations, and that all these processes conform to legal and programmatic requirements.

All regulatory changes begin with an internal DNREC Start Action Notice (SAN) which lists the type and purpose of the proposed change, the statutory basis for the action, affected stakeholders, schedules and more information.

As part of the public review process, regulatory changes are published in the monthly Register of Regulations. All DNREC public notices are published in statewide newspapers and on the DNREC website. All public meetings and events of the agency, including DNREC Public Hearings, are published on the DNREC calendar of events. Meetings subject to the state open meetings law are also published on the state Public Meeting Calendar.

Learn more in A Brief Guide to Delaware’s Environmental Permitting Process.

Regulations Under Development

SAN # Regulation Division Publication
2022-04 Non-Tidal Finfish
(7 DE Admin. Code 3300)
3301 Definitions and 3304 Creel Limits, Size Limits and Seasons 3.0 Trout
Division of Fish and Wildlife 26 DE Reg. 706
2022-02 Shellfish Aquaculture
(7 DE Admin. Code 3801)
Division of Fish and Wildlife
2022-01 Delaware Low Emission Vehicle Program
(7 DE Admin. Code 1140)
Division of Air Quality
2021-08 Regulations Governing Solid Waste
(Section 11.0 Part 1 – Infectious Waste)
(7 DE Admin. Code 1301)
Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances
2018-16 Regulations Governing Solid Waste
(7 DE Admin. Code 1301)
Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances